Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan unexpectedly resigned last week, citing medical reasons. His replacement as interim chief stepped down two days later. The turmoil in the department comes in the midst of two reports critical of Oakland police. One report from a court-ordered overseer finds OPD out of compliance with federally mandated reforms from a decade-old police brutality case. Another report, by law enforcement consultant William Bratton, is critical of the department’s ability to reduce crime. Forum takes up these issues with the newly appointed Interim Police Chief Sean Whent and others.
Sean Whent, interim police chief of the Oakland Police Department
Matthai Kuruvila, Oakland City Hall reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle
John Burris, civil rights attorney representing the family of Oscar Grant III, killed by a BART police officer
Libby Schaaf, District 4 council member at the Oakland City Council
Geoff Collins, former member, Oakland Community Policing Advisory Board